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around the bay area are expected to flock to san francisco on new year's eve. the changes police are making to keep things from getting too wild on the waterfront. the preps under way right now. good morning, it's friday, december 31. it's new year's eve. i'm ann notarangelo. sit any and juliette are off. let's -- sydnie and juliette are off. let's check traffic and weather. tracy? >> good morning. it is another cold one out there. so we'll start off taking a look at the temperatures because most of the bay area currently in the 30s again this morning. from 31 in fairfield, 37 in oakland, 43 in san jose and 44 in san francisco. cold to start and wet to end the day? we'll take a look at another storm system moving this wa in just a few moments. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here's liz. >> thanks, tracy. there is no heat in the traffic department in terms of a hotspot. it's quiet across the bay area right now. nothing going on in the way of traffic. as anne makovec our reporter has talked about, yeah, we're expecting a pretty busy evening in san francisco, a lot of
people, big crowds gathering along the embarcadero. we also have the critical mass bike ride kicking off later on this evening, so a lot going on. mass transit might be an option. we'll break it all down and mac mag will have live report. another twist in the case that unraveled the san francisco crime lab. the former employee accused of using cocaine evidence will not be charged and sharon chin joins us from redwood city, where deborah madden is still facing charges. hi, sharon. >> reporter: good morning, ann. the state attorney general's office said that it made the decision to drop the case after what it calls an extensive evaluation. the attorney general's office told police on december 2 that it would drop the case against former san francisco police drug employee deborah madden. but the decision is just being made public now. police chief george gascon says he is disappointed the case was
thrown out without explanation. the san francisco d.a.'s office had to dismiss more than 600 cases because of the crime lab scandal. madden's attorney says there wasn't enough evidence to support prosecution. >> obviously, we're very disappointed. we believe we presented a good case but it is complex. >> she admitted to five times have been used some residue. residue that was on its way to the trash can basically. and in california, you cannot prove a case by an individual statement. you have to have corroborating evidence. so that was the proof problem that the attorney general faced. >> reporter: madden still faces drug possession charges here in san mateo county and police say that they found cocaine in her san mateo home and apparently was wrapped in the same kind of paper, special paper, that's used in the san francisco crime lab. >> thank you, sharon chin. all right. we are going to show you some
pictures from sydney, australia. just in case maybe you're not going to be up at midnight you can ring in the new year right now. it's 2011 in sydney, australia. live pictures of the fireworks display. happy new year, everybody. ♪ [ music ] terfront. now, that's a celebration but we are also going to have a celebration here in the bay area. a party with half a million people and that's the plan at least on the san francisco waterfront. anne makovec is on the embarcadero in san francisco, where preparations are under way to welcome 2011. how are things going? >> reporter: things are going to be very busy here, very different from where i'm standing right now where it's a little quiet at 5 a.m. but you can see the city is definitely preparing for throngs of people. they have a chain-link fence set up all along the embarcadero and you can see they have these smaller barricades as well ready to go appear hopefully control the crowd because as you mentioned,
they are expecting a half million people. here's a look at some of the city crews unloading some of these barriers just about an hour ago on the embarcadero they are on both sides of the street. police want to be ready for anything. this fireworks show has been the scene of trouble in the past. some revelers getting out of control like back in 2007 when vandals trashed some news vans. we don't like to hear that. the san francisco pd is changing officers' schedules around to get more officers on the streets. >> we want people to have fun but we want people to be safe. >> everybody is going to have a couple of drinks and i don't think there is a problem with that. >> the drinking isn't the problem. it's the idiots that don't know how to drink. >> you can't stop that. >> reporter: ah yes, the idiots. police are also planning to keep a close eye on nightclubs tonight. adding to some of the traffic congestion, they are expecting the critical mass group to have a bike ride through the city. now, if you are looking for a
free ride into or out of the city, there are several options. local transit agencies offering them. caltrain is going to be free after 11 p.m. plus they are adding extra trains here in san francisco. muni bus and rail service will be free from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. in san jose, in the silicon valley, vta bus and light rail service is free from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. bart, though, not offering free rides. bart will extend service until 3 a.m. so if you are willing to put up with the crowds and want to have a good time with about a half million other people, this is the place, san francisco's embarcadero. fireworks start at around midnight, ann. >> it's going to be a crazy night. anne makovec, thank you. well, people will gather throughout the bay area tonight to welcome in 2011. police are going to be out in full force in san francisco as you heard where more than 200,000 people are expected for that fireworks show. the event has seen trouble in
the past. in 2007 vandals trashed tv news vans. more officers will be on the streets. caltrain passengers will start to shell out some extra cash when the new year begins tomorrow. a 25-cent per zone fare increase will kick in after caltrain offers free rides to new year's eve revelers. also, in the new year, caltrain plans to add three baby bullet express trains to its weekend service on a trial basis. as for caltrain's ridership and revenue, both were up last month thanks in part to the san francisco giants play-off run and sharks games. today is the last day you can use a paper ticket on a.c. transit. it's switching to the clipper card which can be reloaded good on bart and other transit system. to help the transition, a.c. transit is offering free clipper cards worth $5 and any
unuse adddult tickets can be exchanged for clipper cards at a.c. transit's downtown oakland office or by mail. time now almost 5:07. rain looks like it's going to pay us a visit of all nights tonight. tracy has the new year's forecast for us. >> that's right. there is a chance of light rainfall later on tonight. but you will be with friends. you'll be partying. you won't care about the rain. let's hope not. out the door this morning a cold start again inland. temperatures ranging from 29 to 39 degrees. partly cloudy and cold around the bay with temperatures from 37 to 45. and also a little cool along the coastline. later on today the most of the day a mix of sun and clouds expected. 49 in pacifica, 50 in san francisco. 54 in santa clara. 52 in oakland. palo alto at 54. 56 in mountain view. 52 in milpitas and 54 in san jose. so when does the rainfall arrive? later on tonight. it will be about a 30% chance of rain showers moving in late tonight, better chance of getting wet will be saturday
and sunday, the first weekend of the new year. monday a few leftover showers and sunshine on tap for tuesday, wednesday and thursday. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here's liz. >> thanks, tracy. first i want to go out to oakland show you some video taken a little while ago of a four-car crash that killed one driver on i-880 near the oakland coliseum. chp received a report of the crash right around 2 a.m. officers responded to northbound 880 just north of the 66 avenue on-ramp. it was closed for at least an hour or more. everything is back open so traffic is actually moving okay right now on the nimitz. that was a tragic overnight dent. 880 near the coliseum, a live picture. if you have to commute in way now, traffic is free-flowing in all lanes. you can kind of make out those taillights there heading up towards high street. kind of difficult to see some of the traffic in some of the traffic shots today because
visibility may be an issue. southbound 880 again very light traffic all the way down towards hayward except for this problem. it's a report of an accident right now. chp isn't on scene so we didn't have a lot of details but it's in hayward southbound 880 before a street. not seeing any slowing on our sensors. so likely it is already cleared to the right shoulder. bay bridge toll plaza, so far, so good. never even had to turn on the metering lights yesterday. traffic was moving so well here, obviously the case today. everything is a quick trip from the incline towards the "s" curve. san mateo bridge a little difficult to see that westbound 92 in the commute direction this morning but not too many cars on the road heading out toward foster city and the peninsula. these headlights is traffic coming off the high-rise good go towards east bay, as well. no chains if you are planning a trip towards the mountains no. chain requirements on 80 or 50. here's 50 at ski run, pretty picture this morning. there are chains required on stretches of 4 and 88.
all mass transit is on time. remember our radio partners when you hit the roads, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you. >> thank you. well, time now, 5:10. san francisco police on the defense after killing a mentally ill man. >> it's a very tragic event. there are many victims here. >> the suspect's mother begs police not to shoot. but hear why officers say they were backed into a corner. and the blizzard is done. now new york is getting ready for its biggest bash of the year. the security changes in light of recent terror threats. ,,,,,,,,
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area home. chief george gascon returned to the neighborhood for a community meeting about the wednesday afternoon shooting. he says officers were backed into the corner by a man with a history of member illness with a scalpel-like knife in his hand. >> they tried to run out of the room. basically, they were left with very little -- you know, very little alternatives. >> it will be up to the district attorney to died if the officers reacted within the law when they shot the man. new york city is gearing up for the new year's celebration tonight in times square and security as you can expect is going to be tight. nearly a million people are expected to gather and you're looking at live pictures of times square. there are no reported threats but officials not going to take any chances. thousands of cops are going to patrol along with operatives from the cia, the fbi and
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well, forecast for this morning, another cold start out there. temperatures updated for the top of the hour. 30 degrees in santa rosa. 32 in napa. 31 in fairfield. 34 concord and at the freezing point in livermore. upper 30s in oakland and fremont. 43 now in san jose. 39 in redwood city. 43 in san francisco. vallejo still hanging in there at 32 and 36 in san rafael. so as you head out the door this morning, temperatures ranging from 29 to 45 degrees. it could go down as low as 29. and we also have some reports of some patchy fog and we will not rule out patchy frost because of those temperatures. later on today, clouds will be
expecting to move into the afternoon and rainfall moving in tonight. highs today in the lower to mid- 50s. here's a look at the clouds that are going to be moving in today compliment of another frontal system. this was a pretty weak system, not expecting a whole lot of rainfall. we are going to move forward in time to around 4 p.m. and not so much still going on. but then as you move to around 6:00 or 7:00, a chance of light showers moving into the bay area. some yellow in there so we have the probability of maybe some moderate to heavy rainfall, some pockets of those moving in, in the overnight and also throughout parts of the early- morning hours for saturday. after that we'll just keep just a few lingering showers in the forecast during the day saturday. friday today mostly cloudy conditions in the sierra. slight chance of snow showers saturday as well as for sunday. and we'll take a look at the five-day forecast and moving into the seven-day forecast and here we go. chance of showers saturday, sunday and monday. tuesday and wednesday, even thursday, some sunshine is expected.
that's your weather. for your traffic, here's liz. >> all right. we'll go out to hayward. we have some updated information on an accident southbound 880 before a street. it has been cleared to the right shoulder. no injuries. so it should be cleared quickly. and it is not causing any slow traffic as you head towards the san mateo bridge. bay bridge looks operate. haven't seen any problems all morning. no incidents and a nice quick trip on the eastshore freeway. 18 mints from the carquinez bridge to the maze. typically, right around now or maybe in another 15 minutes or so we start to see a little bit of changing colors and slowing on our sensors and highway 4. that won't be the case today. so far it's an easy ride out of antioch towards pittsburg and concord and altamont pass drive looks great, as well. only a 13-minute commute right now coming out of the altamont pass. and it's all green on our sensors towards six cal 680. silicon valley out of milpitas, one headlights there on
westbound 237 towards san jose. if you are planning a trip up to the sierra right now there are no train requirements. again no chain requirements on interstate 80 or highway 50. you will need chains on highway 88 as well as stretches of highway 4. but again here's live look at highway 50 at ski run where it is a winter wonderland up there. mass transit, bart is running extended service until 3:00 this morning for the new year's eve holiday. there will be extra police presence and to help ease some of the overcrowding expected through portions of downtown along the embarcadero, they won't be making some downtown san francisco stops later on tonight. ace train no service for the new year's eve holiday or new year's day. muni as well as ferries operating on a holiday schedule. muni will be offering some free rides after 8:00 tonight. so call ahead, check to see
what is going on because obviously a lot of forms of mass transit are doing things a little different today for new year's eve. remember our radio partners when you hit the roads, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you. >> thank you. here's a look at this morning's top stories. san francisco police will be out in force tonight trying to keep new year's eve celebrations peaceful. the biggest event will be in the midnight fireworks show along the embarcadero south of the ferry building. the state attorney general's office has dropped its case against a former san francisco crime lab employee. deborah madden was accused of pilfering cocaine being held as evidence. san francisco police say they still have a strong case against her but police chief george gascon announced yesterday the state dropped the case a few weeks ago with no explanation. caltrain passengers will have to pay more when the new year begins tomorrow. a 25-cent per zone fare increase will kick in after caltrain offers free rides as
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. happy new year! we can say that because it's already 2011 in new zealand. fireworks kicked off the new year for people in auckland. coming up, a live report on one of the biggest celebrations right here in the bay area. well, good morning. it's friday, decembe 31. i'm ann notarangelo. sydnie and juliette are off. it's 5:30. we have just learned some new information about a deadly car accident in the east bay.
four cars crashed on northbound interstate 880 near the oakland coliseum. the chp says the drive was going 90 miles per hour, not wearing a seatbelt. two other cars were involved in a minor crash. the road has since re-opened. well, this morning, preparations are under way for a big new year's eve celebration along the waterfront in san francisco. anne makovec is on the embarcadero in san francisco where they expect, what, a half million people tonight? >> reporter: yeah. i have heard a few different figures from 250,000 up to to a half million people all crowded here into the embarcadero area and the city has been preparing. you can see we have a chain- link fence up here and this runs all the way around the area throughout the embarcadero roadway. they also have these little barriers all on the other side of the road. and in several areas of the median. crews were out early this morning putting these barriers up. the fireworks show has been the scene of trouble in the past here. some revelers tend to get out
of control like back in 2007, some vandals trashed some news vans. the san francisco pd is changing officers' schedules around to get more officers on the streets. >> we want people to have fun but we want people to be safe. >> everybody is going to have a couple drinks. i don't think there is a problem with that. >> drinking isn't the problem. it's the idiots. >> and you can't stop that. >> reporter: police are also planning to kept a close eye on nightclubs and adding to some of the traffic congestion they are expecting, the critical mass group is planning on having one of its bike rides through the city later on this evening. now, if you are looking for a free ride, several local transit agencies are offering them tonight in an effort to try to have people not drive drunk. caltrain is going to be free after 11 p.m., plus they are adding extra trains. here in san francisco, muni bus and rail service will be free from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and san jose and the silicon
valley, vta light rail and bus service is free from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. bart, though, is not offering free rides. it will extend service until 3 a.m., though. again the san francisco police department says there is going to be zero tolerance for public intoxication, anybody shooting guns or fireworks. and everybody is hoping for a calm night around here. the fireworks start at midnight. >> all right, ann. thanks so much. the state attorney general's office has dropped charges against a former san francisco crime lab worker. now, this came as a surprise for the city's top cop. sharon chin joins us from redwood city where deborah madden is still facing champs. reporter: the state attorney general's office made the decision on december 2 but for an unknown reason, we're only hearing about it now. the state attorney general's office said it decided to throw out the case against deborah madden after what it called an exhaustive evaluation. madden is accused of stealing cocaine from the san francisco
police crime lab where she worked. police had shown recordings of her telling investigators she had taken small amounts of drugs. now, police chief george gascon and supervisor david chu says that they say they are disappointed and shocked at the ag's decision but madden's attorney says there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute her. >> obviously, we're very disappointed. we believe that we presented a good case. but it is a complex case. >> she admitted to five times having used some residue, residue that was on its way to the trash can, basically. and in california, you cannot prove a case by an individual's statement you have to have corroborating evidence. so that was proof problem that the attorney general faced. >> reporter: because of the crime lab scandal, the d.a.'s office has had to dismiss more than 600 san francisco drug cases. now, police say they found cocaine in madden's san mateo
home apparently wrapped in the same kind of paper that the san francisco crime lab uses so as a result, madden still faces charges here, drug charges, in san mateo county. ann? >> sharon chin in redwood city, thank you very much. well, time now 5:35. let's get a check on traffic and weather. here's tracy. it was cold in the east bay this morning. >> yeah, it's still cold in the east bay this morning, also the north bay and parts of the bay. let's take a look. here we go. 34 degrees currently in concord. that's the cold. 32 in livermore. 31 in fairfield. 32 in napa. 30 in santa rosa. lower to the mid-30s from vallejo to san rafael. 43 in san francisco. the upper 30s in oakland and fremont. 43 degrees down in san jose. cold start to the day as we move into the afternoon, a mix of sun and clouds expected. and afternoon highs will still be cooler than average the lower to mid-50s. clouds are expected to be increasing as we move into the late afternoon and chance of rainfall moving in later on tonight. we'll take a look at the new
year's eve forecast in just a few moments. for your traffic, here's liz. >> all right. thank you, tracy. let go out towards the bay bridge toll plaza. all is looking good through here. no problems to report. really not much going on for the start of this morning commute. a little bit of low visibility on the san mateo bridge. that drive time still looks great, 13 minutes on westbound 92 from 880 toward foster city. the other direction looks just as good. and anne makovec, our reporter on scene, has been breaking down some of these mass transit options for you tonight for the new year's eve holiday. bart is offering extended service until about 3:00 tomorrow morning. it is not free. but muni will be offering free rides from 8:00 tonight all the way until 6:00 tomorrow morning. a lot of other forms of mass transit are on a holiday schedule so call and check ahead. that's your traffic. back to you. >> thank you. caltrain passengers are going to have to shell out some extra cash when the new year
begins tomorrow. a 25-cent per zone fare increase will kick in after caltrain offers those free rides on new year's eve. also in the new year, caltrain plans to add three baby bullet express trains to its weekend service on a trial basis. as for caltrain's ridership and revenue, both were up last month thanks in part to the san francisco giants play-off run and a full schedule of san jose sharks games. today is the last day that you can use a paper ticket on a.c. transit. the agency is switching to the clipper card which can be reloaded with value and it's good on bart on other transit systems. to help the transition, a.c. transit is offering free clipper cards worth $5. then the unused adult ticket can be exchanged for a clipper cart at a.c. transit's downtown oakland office or by mail. two san mateo county beaches remain closed more than a week after unsafe levels of bacteria were detected in the water. the water is off limits to the public at lakeshore park and the marina lagoon at parkside
aquatic park. the closures, though, do not apply to the beach areas, just the water. rockaway and linda mar beaches in pacifica were closed last week but re-opened when the bacteria went back down to safe levels. st. francis's police chief says officers acted within the law when they shot and killed a man in a portola area home. chief george gascon returned to the neighborhood for a community meeting about the wednesday afternoon shooting. he says officers were backed into a corner by a man with a history of mental illness with a scalpel-like knife in his hand. >> one of the things that we do every time we have a significant use of force or any other major incident we review it very closely to assess whether this is something in our training or policy that could be done in order to improve our operations. >> it will be up to the district attorney to decide if the officers reacted within the law when it shot the man. tight security as you might
expect in new york's times square tonight for the city's new year's celebration. hundreds of thousands of people are expected. as whit johnson tells us, cops and federal agents will be out in force. reporter: nearly a million people are expected to pack new york's times square tonight along with plenty of security. >> the cia, first, all sorts of homeland security operatives will be here, the fbi. >> reporter: while there are no reported threats against city so far, officials aren't taking chances. thousands of police, bomb- sniffing dogs and radiation detectors will be on hand to keep revelers safe. a network of police cameras will give authorities a bird's- eye view of any trouble. >> we have seen a lot of security out here. it's been overwhelming. >> reporter: since september 11th, there have been at least 6 foiled terror plots against the city. the new york police department tweaks its security plan every year based on past threats here and around the world.
just last may, pakistani born american faisal shahzad tried to blow up times square using a car with explosives. the plot failed. but had the device gone off, hundreds could have been killed. >> obviously the faisal shahzad attempt right here last spring is be in's mind. >> reporter: still, that isn't stopping ron tran and his family from seeing the ball drop in person for the very first time. >> i think we're pretty safe, yes. we have no problem with that. >> reporter: authorities are hoping the won't have any problems, either, so revelers can ring in the new year in style. whit johnson, cbs news, new york. this morning some people in central california can go back home. evacuation orders were just lifted in san joaquin valley. an irrigation canal overflowed yesterday forcing dozens out of their homes. the fire department brought in sandbags and used bulldozers to create water diversions.
only six homes were damaged. hundreds of people who lost their homes because of hurricane katrina are told to get out of the temporary homes the government has been providing for them. new orleans officials want people to evacuate 221 fema trailers that are still being used as homes. those who don't leave the trailers by tomorrow could be fined $500 a day for staying in them. new orleans at one time had more than 23,000 of those trailers. 5:4. the battle against obesity just got tougher. the young age kids can develop the condition. and she's back. where someone hid a bay area family's dinosaur and who returned it. ,,,,
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3 degrees there. 32 in vallejo, 32 napa, 31 in fairfield, 36 san rafael, 43 in san francisco. looks mild comparatively speaking but it's chilly, as well. upper 30s from oakland to fremont and 43 degrees in san jose. forecast for the morning, patchy fog being reported in santa rosa. it is a cold start inland. cold temperatures around the bay and still chilly along the coastline. this morning's temperatures as you head out ranging from 29 to the mid-40s. here's a look at what you can expect later on today. a mix of sun and clouds, but clouds will be increasing later on today with a chance of rainfall moving in. and highs today in the lower to the mid-50s. so here's what we're watching. not a lot going on for now but take a look just off the coastline here. more clouds are going to be streaming in today and eventually those clouds are going to produce some rainfall. here's a look at air traffic that's built specifically on model data. it gives us a good idea of what we should be expecting later on today. light rainfall moving in
tonight around 7:00. it doesn't expect to be a washout across the bay area. but we do have some yellow in there so we could see some moderate rainfall moving in even into the overnight hours. so your new year's eve just letting now, there is a chance of showers. still a chance of lingering showers in the forecast saturday. sierra forecast, also a chance of some snow showers saturday as well as sunday. we'll take a look at your five- day forecast and the chance of rainfall will be in the bay area on saturday, sunday and monday. tuesday, wednesday and thursday, as we head into the first week of the new year, we'll squeeze out a little sunshine but those temperatures aren't moving much, highs in the 50s. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here's liz. >> thanks, tracy. let's go to byron. just got word of what sounds like a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle. we know that a medical helicopter just arrived on scene. it's near the intersection ofbics her and bier roads. obviously it's not going to make a huge traffic impact
because it is on those side city streets. serious injuries there. live look outside a trip up the nimitz the coliseum off in the distance. a fatal crash near the 66th avenue on-ramp has been cleared but the crash happened around 2 a.m. for a while the 66th on-ramp was shut down for more than an hour but as you can see, right now heading up into downtown oakland, it's a quick ride. quick rides across the bay area. not much traffic to talk about. obviously a lot of people have today off. they are using today as a three- day holiday. and westbound 580 that is certainly the case here. 13 minute trip towards the dublin interchange and 680. across the east bay you can see from our live traffic sensors there really isn't much in the way of colors than green which
means top speeds this morning. traffic is light approaching the bay bridge toll plaza. they probably won't have to turn on the metering lights. they haven't had to turn them on all week so there you go. down the peninsula you have a flight to catch, you're good to go past sfo. all the way down towards the south bay. and coming out of downtown. that's your traffic. back to you. >> great, thank you. here's a check of today's top stories. san francisco police will be out in force tonight trying to keep new year's eve celebrations peaceful. up to half million people are expected at the midnight fireworks show along the embarcadero south of the ferry building. the state attorney general's office has dropped its case against a former san francisco crime lab employee. deborah madden was accused of pilfering cocaine being held as evidence. san francisco police say they still have a strong case against her but police chief george gascon announced yesterday that the state dropped the case a few weeks ago with no explanation. san francisco expects to learn today whether it's still in the running to host the 2013
america's cup yacht race. san francisco seemed to be the front-runner until they made changes to their proposal. race organizers not pleased, promptly started courting newport, rhode island. san francisco has since made some adjustments. this morning, a warning for anyone who is looking to buy a popular nintendo device. the company says its new nintendo 3-d s may cause problems for kids younger than 6. it may stunt growth of their eyes if they play too much. the warning notes that parents can turn off the 3-d function or even set a password. the device comes out in the u.s. in march. soon you will know exactly how many calories are in the meat you buy at the grocery store. a federal law will require 40 of the most commonly bought cuts of meat to carry nutritional labels. it will affect various types of poultry, pork, beef and lamb. the industry has one year to get ready. the new rules take effect january 1st of 2012.
more in health news, here's alison harmelin. reporter: a new government study shows that emergency room visits for teenaged drinking jump on new year's eve. the findings show that teen drinkers are responsible for about 2,000 emergency visits last new year's eve. that's a 250% increase from an average day when there are about 546 hospital visits. a big shock for new parents. obesity may begin in babies as young as 9 months old. a study in the american journal of health promotion looked at the weights of more than 16,000 babies. about 32% of babies at 9-month- old were either obese or at risk of obese tip of the experts say it's critical for parents to keep an eye on it even at a young age. more americans are landing in the hospital for allergic reaction to food than previously thought. researchers now estimate about 200,000 americans head to the emergency room each year for food allergies. previous studies had that
number at about 30,000. those are some of your top medical stories. i'm alison harmelin, cbs news, new york. those segway scooters are a new sort of controversy at golden gate park in san francisco. at issue is whether the park should pay about $100,000 a year to a company to give segway tours. some people object saying there are too many people traveling on wheels already in the park. and they are concerned about safety and ambience. time now 5:50. a bay area family reunited with a stolen dinosaur decoration. how one neighbor played a key role. also ahead... >> faris with the leaner! and the win streak is over! >> the ladies at stanford snap the longest winning streak in division 1 history. this morning, reaction from the coaches and players. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
faris with the leaper and the win streak is over! it's over! u-conn's win streak ends at 90. and the streak of 1,000 days passes into history. connecticut has finally lost. >> stanford does it again! they beat top-ranked uconn snapping their 90-game winning streak. jeanette pohlen hit a career- high 3 points. the cardinal led the entire game winning their 52nd street game at home. >> connecticut was a great opponent and i compliment them on how hard they played and how well they played. and tonight was stanford's night. it was amazing. such a great atmosphere to play in. >> this is december, but the final four in december. we are trying to prepare for the future. not trying to look ahead per se but, you know, prepare day by
day. >> this losing stuff gets old, man. hate it. [ laughter ] >> i wish we could catch a break every once in a while so these kids can have some success. >> before yesterday, the last team to beat uconn was also stanford back in the 2008 final four. there was another reason to celebrate for a family in danville. their five-foot stolen dinosaur was returned. someone stole it this week. a neighbor recognized it from the news and contacted the owners. >> just kind of was a good friend of all of ours and we love her. we are just very happy that she is back and we hope she can bring joy to people. >> the dinosaur was hidden behind a tree not too far from the johnsons' home. digital cameras mean the end of a popular old way of taking pictures. kodak has already quit making kodachrome film. now the only place where that film is processed is closing up shop. so a lab in kansas is not
accepting any more rolls of kodachrome after today. some photographers say no other photos have the same quality as those shot on kodachrome. how's this for a lasting image? it's an extreme eating challenge in indiana. competitors manned up to gobble down the gut buster burger. it took the winner nearly 17 minutes to finish the 2.5 pound sandwich. wow. it's 5:55. here's tracy with your forecast. >> was he eating that with no bread? [ laughter ] >> oh, my goodness. >> didn't look good. >> no. but anything goes when you're hungry. temperatures for today, starting off cold again for the afternoon highs in the lower to the mid-50s. so another chilly afternoon. and clouds increasing with a chance of rainfall moving in tonight. rainfall saturday, sunday and monday. tuesday through thursday sunshine is expected. and if you got plans to ring in the new year later on, chance of rainfall coming in just
around midnight. and temperatures ranging from 42 to 45 degrees. that's a look at your forecast. for your traffic, here's liz. >> thanks, tracy. we'll start to look at the san mateo bridge. san mateo bridge looks good. everywhere is looking good in the bay area, no big hot spots, no huge accidents out there blocking lanes traffic still very light. they likely will not turn the metering lights on today at the bay bridge. they haven't turned them on all week. tonight could be a different story. we have all the new year's eve events. fireworks at the embarcadero, by the civic auditorium, events, concerts. we also have the critical mass bike ride that kicks off over by justin herman plaza at 6 p.m. so expect traffic around san francisco later on this evening, a lot going on. so mass transit is going to be a very good option. several forms of mass transit are offering extended service
including bart, muni, caltrain and muni is even offering free bus rides after 8:00. we'll break it all down and we also have a reporter anne makovec telling us more information, as well. so stay tuned for all that. in the meantime, back to you. >> thank you. it's 5:57. in the next half hour, it's bad enough to get a traffic ticket. how much they are going to start costing you starting tomorrow. >> and the barriers are set up. we are just waiting for the throngs of people here in san francisco's embarcadero. coming up, we'll tell you about the big party expected and how police are warning people to leave some things at home. >> the state attorney general's office makes a big decision in the san francisco police drug lab scandal. it even surprised the police chief. that's coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,